The city’s school district will begin testing students and staff for the coronavirus when in-person instruction resumes on Monday, Jan. 11, testing 10 percent of its population on a random basis as a surge continues.
(TNS) — The Albany, N.Y., school district will begin testing students and staff for the coronavirus when in-person instruction resumes on
The district plans to test 10 percent of its population on a random basis as the surge in cases in the
In a statement on the district's website, officials described the testing as "non-invasive." Children, whose parents or guardians give permission to the school to test their children, will be pulled out of class for the test. With assistant from a nurse, dressed in protective equipment, the children will swab both of their nasal cavities without having to probe deeply. The process takes about a minute, a video on the district website shows.
The testing will take place a all buildings.
Consent forms can be completed online by logging in with student's Google credentials.
In a note to parents, Shenendehowa Superintendent
"We will remain focused on keeping our schools open, keeping our students and staff safe, and impressing upon parents and others to practice the same safety protocols out of school as they do when in school," he told the school community in an email.
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